Graphic arts

  • Optima Büromaschinenwerk, typewriter, Bambino model

    Record number: 12836
    Date: 1954 - ?
    Geographical specifications: Germany
    Dimensions: 9.5 x 27.5 x 24.5 cm
    Weight: 2.42 kg

    The Bambino was an index typewriter with no keyboard, manufactured in Germany during the 1950s. It was a toy machine intended for children, and so had a very simple mechanism: a layout with three lines of characters (lower and upper case and numbers), a lever to select the characters, while printing was performed by a print wheel. Just three buttons positioned on the left of the machine (green, black and red) were used operate all the functions. The manufacturers of the Bambino took as their model an older index machine known as the Gundka, manufactured in Germany in 1924. It operated on the same principles.

    The Bambino was made from Bakelite (phenol resin), a heat stable type of plastic, easy to manipulate at high temperatures, but which when it cooled became a hard, solid material. The machine was manufactured in various colours: red, green, dark red and blue were sold all round Europe.